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Re: A good week
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2012, 08:16:43 pm »

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Re: A good week
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2012, 01:10:58 am »
http://www.vectis.co.uk/Page/Index.aspx


I did google it after I posted and had a look at their site.
I did a search in their past sales for the Royal Blue but nothing came up.
Thank you for posting the link  :thumbsup:

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Re: A good week
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2012, 09:49:07 pm »
I have a mate who owns the Royal Blue set but now keeps it in a display case, from what he told me yesterday all of the Bachmann American type locomotives are shocking runners.
Keep on Smiling
Dave.

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Re: A good week
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2012, 10:03:16 pm »
I would have to disagree with your friend Dave, there have been issues with their A+B units but my Consolidation and Doodlebug are as sweet as any loco you will find

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Re: A good week
« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2012, 10:18:16 pm »
Hi Dave,

I would agree with Lawrence. I have 3 Consolidations and a 2-6-6-2 Articulated steamie and they run perfectly. My diesels run fine as well and a couple of those were 25 brand new.

I know that the older Bachmann steamies had running issues but all their new stuff is a lot better quality.

Alex :wave:

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Re: A good week
« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2012, 11:02:50 pm »
I am afraid you lads misunderstood my message, the 4.4.0 locomotive in the Royal Blue set is and always was called an "American" type.

I was not talking about the "American Outline" models made by Bachmann, yes the quality has improved and I have several that I am happy with including 4 x A.B F7s that I have been happy with.

There is a big problem with the pickup on the wheels of the 4.4.0 "American Type" loco that Bachmann have never been able to rectify, they also have problems with the HO version of the same locomotive.

No way was I complaining about the current range of Bachmann locos as they have certainly lifted their game.

As a matter of interest the LNER also had "American"  type locos in the 1850s this type of locomotive was an American design.
« Last Edit: June 13, 2012, 11:18:44 pm by oldrailbug, Reason: typo »
Keep on Smiling
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Re: A good week
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2012, 07:29:36 pm »
Hi Dave,

Thanks for clearing that up. I think we both jumped in in too quick to defend US outline. ;D

Alex :wave:

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Re: A good week
« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2012, 07:50:25 pm »
I have two of the 4-4-0 American Type locos and there is a difference between the two.
I won them both on auction from The Favorite Spot.

The first one I bought was "The Jupiter" and it runs fine, it will go over points etc but came with no traction tyres fitted.

The second one is a Union Pacific 4-4-0 which came with traction tyres fitted and will pull twice as many passenger cars as The Jupiter will, so that is another job on the "to do" list.

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Re: A good week
« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2012, 07:54:04 pm »
Hi Scotsoft,

If you can't find traction tyre you can use heatshrink cut into thin slices. I've used it on an old Rivarossi steamie and it works just fine. Get a size that's a couple of mm smaller than the diameter of the drive wheels and thewn stretch it over the wheel. I didn't use any heat as it should be a tight fit.

Alex :wave:

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Re: A good week
« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2012, 08:09:11 pm »
I remembered you had used heat shrink before Alex and that was what I was going to try first.

Thanks for the reminder though  :thumbsup:


cheers John.

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Re: A good week
« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2012, 09:14:16 pm »
After reading the review on N Scale Encyclopedia it seems Bachmann have lifted their game on this little model too, given a "B" rating they must be pretty good runners.

Seems my mate is living in the past so will tell him about the new and improved "American" 4.4.0s

Next time I see one for sale I think I will grab one myself  :thumbsup:
Keep on Smiling
Dave.

 

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